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#774 of 1173 Bad design window regulators
May 04, 2006 (2:16 pm)
I bought a 2001 E430 several months ago. I chose end of the cycle style rather than a 2003 new style thinking after making the older style from 1996 to 2002, Mercedes would have worked out the bugs and IMPROVED the design of all marginal parts. It does not appear that is the case.
When clock/shifter/temp read out go out in 2000-2002, it will cost about $1400 to replace it. They have to replace the entire IP. My E430 is a great car to drive, but I am kind of disappointed at MB for their nagging quality issues. Mercedes has already said that they have no intention of catching Lexus in build quality.....I don't think they can.
There is no doubt that Mercedes tests the water with new hi tech items much more than any Japanese car manufacturer will ever dare to, I just wish Mercedes would prove out the technology longer before mass marketing it. Look at their brake by wire on 2003 E-class.......
Still MB is a great driving car, and I keep praying that things don't go wrong with mine!!!
May 04, 2006 (3:44 pm)
It is recommended to use the windows often to help the problem with regulators. Also regulator price should be about $300 not $600
There are places to get the instrument panel repaired
JOIN THE MB CLUB. Only $45 per year. You will find advertisers for most items that repair or replace parts for much less than MB dealers.
Just bought a 2005 E320CDI from their websight from another member at much less than a preowned from the dealer. If you have already spent $ 50,000 onthe car joining the club is a no brainer. Also sold my 2001 E320 here.
#776 of 1173 97 Transmission Issues
May 14, 2006 (8:43 am)
Looking for feedback, I have a 97 E320 with 180K. The transmission seems to have trouble in 1st gear. When coming to a quick stop, it seems to slam in to first gear, also when coming to an almost stop and accelerating, it seems to hesitate between 1st and 2nd gear. Other than that all other shifts seem perfect. I had the transmission fluid and filter changed, and it did seem to help the problem, but it is still a problem. Anybody experienced with this problem please help! No other problems other than the infamous inline 6 oil leak that mechanic says to deal with the few drops that not really damaging anything but your garage floor or look at about a $1500 dollar repair. Needless to say I put a mat down to to protect the floor. My mechanic also says with this transmission nothing can be put in stone, plus you have 180K on the car it's not going to last forever. I still like this car and I would love to keep it if this is not a crazy repair. Any advice and/or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
#777 of 1173 Using dino oil in 2001 E430
May 19, 2006 (4:59 pm)
Can I use dino oil in my used E430 with 75K miles? I have no intention of ever going to FSS's 10K mile interval. I just changed the oil for the first time. Last oil change was done at 70K. I put 0W40 Mobil one in for now.
I think MB was using dino oil in these engines with Flex Service that came out in 1998. Once they had issues with dino oil that FSS said to replace at 12-14K miles, they were seeing engine damage and then MB said to switch to synthetic to control the engine damage.
I think going so long between oil changes might have done some damage....I hear some lifter noise at cold starts that goes away after about a minute or two. A high tech engine like Mercedes V-8 that had oil changes at MB dealer at perscribed A and B service intervals, should not have lifter noise.
#778 of 1173 Re: TIRE QUESTIONS [loyalowner]
May 19, 2006 (11:19 pm)
For the money (...saving same)
Les Swab tires hands down (WA/OR/ID/CA/etc...
1995 E320 = toyo proxies speed rated. with a 65000 mile warranty. The next best warranty is Continental 40,000.
The service and quality PLUS added…can not be qualified.
EXAMPLE: When I did not like my tire rotation …tires were 4wheel aligned then rotated (off rim=directional) AT NO CHARGE! with/a smile!
I always get my tires with them… can’t be beat…
#779 of 1173 Latest Advice for Low Dust Brake Pads
May 30, 2006 (4:06 pm)
I need to change my front pads on my 2003 E500. It's got about 42k miles on it. It's the first pad change. I find the large amount of black dust to be somewhat annoying and would like to replace the OEM pads with a low dust or even no dust alternative. But I don't want racing pads nor something that has a significantly different brake pedal fell or that wears the rotors out too fast.
I heard that the EBC "Greenstuff" might be a good choice. Any experience with EBC or any other recommendations?
#780 of 1173 Re: Latest Advice for Low Dust Brake Pads [steve500]
Jun 01, 2006 (12:22 pm)
Installed on 98 E300D. No problem and brake dust has virtually been eliminated. My beef with OEM pads dust. No disk problems. Would recommend the pads.
#781 of 1173 Re: Latest Advice for Low Dust Brake Pads [sail]
Jun 03, 2006 (7:14 am)
Thanks, Sail. I'll go w/ the EBC Greenstuff.
BTW, how did you hear about EBC?
#783 of 1173 Re: Latest Advice for Low Dust Brake Pads [steve500]
Jun 03, 2006 (11:29 am)
http://www.perfectbrakes.com/ Sorry upon checking it appears the tirerack does not carry them anymore. Please try above link